Fitness Friday – Physical Therapy
Whenever someone new or unfamiliar with our clinic asks us about where we work and what we do; we often get a lot of questions regarding Physical Therapy. We love answering all your questions. This is an opportunity to talk about Physical Therapy and share what it is we all love to do here every day. We change people’s lives with physical therapy techniques and treatments providing them MOVEMENT FOR LIFE which enhances their performance and overall quality of life! This Fitness Friday we thought we’d give you a brief rundown of some of the common steps of a Physical Therapy visit and what you can expect. Treatments determined during the initial visit will vary slightly per injury and unique individual’s case and are evidenced-based practice. We have given you a few examples of the scenarios which would require that form of treatment.
Scenario: Everyone Attending Physical Therapy
All Physical Therapists start with a detailed evaluation, including medical history. Be prepared for lots of questions and details looking for the root of the issue in order to treat the issue at its source.
Scenario: Any injury
Physical Therapists will use multiple types of manual therapy during treatment. Anything from stretching and massage to more hands-on strengthening exercises to help re-train your muscles. Joint mobilization techniques improve quality of motion, spinal alignment and eliminate pain.
Scenario: Staying healthy during and after Physical Therapy treatment. Rehabilitating from an injury or surgery.
Staying active during your treatments and completing your Home Exercise Program (HEP) can help speed up your recovery process. Staying active and healthy after Physical Therapy can help to prevent injury requiring further Physical Therapy.
Scenario: Injuries with inflammation and swelling
Ice is beneficial to the injury treatment process. Ice can prevent and reduce inflammation following an injury by constricting the blood vessels.
Scenario: Injuries with muscular spasms and tightness
Heat will relax tight muscles decreasing pain and increasing mobility. Heat works well for soft tissues, tendons and ligaments.
Scenario: Tissue Injuries, Muscle Strain and Ligament Sprain
Ultrasound generates heat deep within the muscles, this can help loosen up the muscle in preparation for manual therapy or exercise.
Scenario: Herniated Disc
Traction helps to alleviate the pain of herniated or compressed discs. It opens up the joints allowing less compression on the nerves and disc cartilage.
Scenario: Poor Muscle Strength, Sudden (acute) or long-lasting (chronic) pain
Electrical Stimulation provides a minor but steady electrical stimulation to the muscles. This creates contractions in muscles that are otherwise dormant. It can also help speed up the recovery process. Electrical stimulation also provides a low voltage steady electrical current for pain relief. The electricity stimulates the nerves in the effected area and sends signals to the brain that block or “scramble” normal pain signals. This stimulation of the nerves may also produce natural pain killers called endorphin’s helping to block the perception of your pain.
Scenario: Long-lasting, chronic back pain, post surgical conditions, fibromyalgia, arthritis
Aquatic Therapy uses the advantages of water to reduce stress on joints and muscles by minimizing the effects of gravity on the body. The treatment emphasis is to reduce pain, increase mobility and regain function.
Anodyne Infrared Therapy
Scenario: Diabetic peripheral neuropathy – nerve damage caused by diabetes in which patient may experience numbness, loss of sensation and sometimes pain.
Anodyne therapy is monochromatic infrared energy treatment for peripheral neuropathy. Anodyne in combination with exercises prescribed by a physical therapist has been proven to improve sensation, balance, decrease pain and decrease incidence of falls.
Still have more questions? Please feel free to stop by or give us a call!
1345 Park Street Paso Robles, CA 93446